Farmgirl Cooking … or Not


This recipe makes a truly amazing pizza that the whole family will love.  The kids love to help with the dough and toppings so it’s something you can do together.

Let’s start with the crust.  You’ll need:

1 package Active Dry Yeast

1 cup warm water

1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or you can grind your own using wheat berries available at any health food store).  Of course, you are welcome to use all white flour too.

2 good squeezes of Agave Nectar or 2 tsp of sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1-1/2 cups white flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Let rest for 5 minutes. Stir in wheat flour, agave, salt, oil and 1 cup white flour.  Turn out on a clean surface and get ready to get your hands dirty.  Or better yet, let your kids help.  They love to get dirty and make messes!

Knead in the last 1/2 cup of white flour gradually.  It should look soft and pliable when you’re done.
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And when your kids help it could look like this:
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Coat your bowl with Olive Oil (the same one you used before, no need to dirty another one) and put your dough ball in.  Turn to coat and cover.  Let your dough rise in a warm place for about an hour.  Sometimes I like to turn my oven on warm for about 30 seconds, then turn it off and set the bowl inside.
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This is the perfect time to shred your mozzarella and fry your sausage!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two cookie sheets.  Separate the dough into two balls.  Roll one ball out on each cookie sheet. Turn up edges slightly and add your desired toppings.
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Cook until cheese is melted and crust is brown, about 15 minutes.

For a calzone only add toppings to one side of your crust.  Fold over and use a fork to seal the edges.  Glaze with milk and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Cook just like a pizza.
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Enjoy!

Every time I make these little sugar cookies I get rave reviews.  They are easy to make and you can dress them up easily for any occasion.  First you mix up your sugar cookie recipe.  I don’t recommend store bought dough because that’s not the way Grandma did it and I like doing things the way Grandma did them.  So get out your wooden spoon and your favorite sugar cookie recipe and go, Girl!

Roll your dough into walnut sized balls.

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Place them in a mini tart pan.  I bought mine from Pampered Chef, but any one will do.

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Squish into little tarts using a squisher tool (I’m not really sure what it’s called, but it’s also from Pampered Chef).  I’m sure a thumb would work well too.

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Bake following the directions for your recipe.  Mine calls for 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Remove them from the tart pan immediately to a platter to cool completely.  Then decorate!  I like the icing in a can (yes, I know that’s not how Grandma did it, but please cut me some slack).  Homemade icing is actually easy to make and tastes wonderful, so if you’d rather, go ahead!

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Add sprinkles or any decoration that is appropriate for your occasion!  For Valentine’s day use red or pink icing and add a candy heart to the top.

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Too cute!  Feel free to share your decorating ideas.

 

I don’t really like avacados, but mixed with all these other ingredients they aren’t too bad.  With all the health benefits they carry, I needed to find a way to like them.  What better than a great guacamole?  It’s an excellent party food and easy to take along to any get together or just enjoy with your family.

Avacados are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. They are also high in protein, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, B vitamins, vitamin E and vitamin K.  Don’t let those store bought, pre-packaged guacs fool you.  They almost never have anything to do with a real avacado.  Read your labels!

Ingredients:

2 ripe avacados
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt from my local health food store)
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup onion
1 Roma tomato

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a food processor and chop until desired consistency, chop by hand or if using a VitaMix machine, select variable speed #1 and quickly increase speed to #5. Process for 15-20 seconds.

Makes approximately 2 cups

Enjoy by itself, with my Homemade Salsa recipe and tortilla chips or on a whole wheat flour tortilla.

Fresh homemade salsa is the perfect dish. This salsa recipe is one that I’ve created myself.  If you like your salsa hotter you can always add more peppers!

Ingredients:

3 fresh Roma tomatoes
1/4 – 1/2 medium onion
1/2 seeded jalapeno pepper
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice (fresh squeezed is always best)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a food processor and chop until desired consistency.  If using a VitaMix machine, select variable speed #1 and quickly increase speed to #5. Process for 3-5 seconds.

Or if you have a food chopper, you can chop all your ingredients separately and then stir them together in a bowl.

Makes approximately 2 cups

Enjoy with my Homemade Guacamole Recipe on a whole wheat tortilla or with tortilla chips.

Does cooking dinner

make you feel like this?

Cooking dinner used to make me want to pull my hair out.  Fumbling around in the kitchen at 5:00 trying to figure out what to make for dinner at 6:00.  Finding that I really don’t have all the ingredients, but throwing something together anyway and making a less than desirable meal.  I finally decided that meal planning wasn’t just another big evil task to take up all my time, but a dear friend that I needed to sit and visit with more often.

Not only has meal planning helped me know exactly what I’m making for each meal, it has also lessened the amount of food that I waste.

Tools of the trade:

1.  Your daily planner – or calendar on the fridge, whichever works best for you
2.  Your grocery list – I find that the magnetic kind is best.  Always on the fridge where I can find it and add staple items to it as we run out.
3.  About 30 minutes – Don’t worry about spending it now, it will save you loads of time in the future, not to mention a few strands of hair.

That’s it!  That’s all you need.  Now let’s begin.

I choose to use about 30 minutes on Sunday evening to sit and plan my weekly meals.  This is because I usually do my grocery shopping on Mondays.  You will want to choose the day that works best for you.

You should begin with writing down all the meals your family likes and keeping this list paper-clipped inside your planner.  This makes meal planning much easier.  As you experiment with more recipes you may add them to this list.  Refer to it when you get planners’ block.

Now, ask yourself the dreaded question (only it’s not so dreaded right now because, remember, it’s the night before), “What are we going to have for dinner?”  Remember to take into account everyone’s schedules.  Are you planning around ball practice or the farm feeding schedule?  You may want to plan a crock pot meal or a healthy sandwich for on the way.  Don’t forget church socials!

Once you have decided what to have, write it on your planner along with any sides or extras.  Now, run through your ingredients list and make sure you have everything you need.  Make a grocery list for the items you will need to buy.  Repeat for each day of the week, planning for breakfast and lunches as well.

When you go to the grocery store, do your best to stick to your list and refrain from buying anything on an impulse. This will keep your cost down and help with eating healthy on a budget.  I’ve found I save a lot of money by meal planning and shopping this way.

I hope this has helped and saved you a few more hairs.  If you have any suggestions for planning dinners and would like to contribute them to this page, please feel free to do so!  There are many women out there, including myself, that can benefit from what you know.

Happy Planning!

Love In Christ and Farmgirl Hugs,

Kristy